The Jazz are lucky Gaines panned out, considering they let go a good PG
backup.Maybe Jeffers can pan out, and if they decide to go after
Mikki (or another big from somewhere), the Jazz could carry 14 without much
cost.With the injury bug hitting the team again, too many players
isn't too many.Nice game, Yada!
It's great that Gaines has panned out, yes, but I don't think it's just luck.
The same guy who found D-will, Price, and Maynor found Gaines. O'Connor has his
faults, but he knows what we need from point guards.As to Jeffers, I don't
see him staying with the team. I'd love to see Mikki come back though. He did
very well in New Jersey. (I think it was Jersey, anyway.)
When Gaines is in the game he is more interested in shooting the ball instead of
getting an assist. He goes for the basket...I guess that can acccount for his
15 points. I would rather see him pass the ball instead of trying to show off.
His main job is to move the ball!
Gaines is a good hustle player. He will go after loose balls and will do many
things that one would expect from a back-up point guard. He likes to drive, but
I don't see him jacking up many bad shots. He and Ronnie Price play on the same
When you haven't played in the NBA, or haven't played much,HOW hard
is it to have "career" game?
If you go to 82games and look at the net production stats (own production minus
opponents production) and the simple rating you will see that Gaines is better
than both Price and Maynor (at least when he was with the Jazz). Gaines 2.5, 2.7Price -7.1, -5.7Maynor -0.8, -2.6Price
and CJ are the two worst players on the team in terms of playing efficiency and
on balance both hurt the team badly over the course of the year. Both need to
alter the way they play the game. Both have talent and both do things (take bad
shots etc) that reduce their effectiveness. Both occasionally have great games.
KOC has done a great job of combing the D-league for undrafted for
players. If only he (and the Jazz) were as good at draft picks. Maybe the Jazz
should let KOC (only) pick the 1st rounders. The group approach has produced bad
results. Mathews, Gaines and Jeffers are not flukes. Years for bad
first round picks are also not a flukes. KOC is good at finding
talent in the raw. Gaines will improve and Sloan nailed it. He needs